2:32 p.m. CST, January 18, 2012
The Central Michigan University Hall of Fame organizing committee has named Jeremy Speer, editor of the Gaylord Herald Times, the 2011 Young Journalist of the Year.
Speer, a 2005 Central Michigan graduate who majored in journalism, was promoted to editor in Gaylord in April after serving as the paper’s sports editor for nearly six years.
“I am humbled by this honor and am very thankful for being recognized,” Speer said. “This list of recipients of this award is impressive and I’m very honored to be part of this group.”
The award recognizes the accomplishments of a CMU journalism grad with one to seven years’ experience who has remained true “to the ethics and expectations modeled at CMU.”
Speer was recognized as part of the Journalism Hall of Fame induction ceremonies Nov. 11 in Mount Pleasant.
Paul Gunderson, general manager of the Herald Times, lauded Speer’s performance at generating local news, his help in developing the paper’s Web site and his record of community service.
Matt Schoch, one of Speer’s classmates and now a reporter at the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, noted Speer’s commitment to his craft. “At 28, he is certainly one of the youngest newspaper editors in the country. The community is lucky to have a journalist with his
commitment and skill,” Schoch said.
Paul Costanzo, senior sports reporter at the Port Huron Times Herald, another of Speer’s classmates, said Speer’s “passion for telling stories and his ability to connect on a personal level with his sources while staying objective is uncanny.”
Speer and his wife, Betsy, who is a high school English teacher, have a daughter, Isabelle. Speer’s father, Bill, is publisher of The Alpena News. His mother, Diane, is Lifestyles Editor at The Alpena News.